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    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 15th Jan 18, 1:45 PM
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    KonMari 2018 & 2019 - The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
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    • 15th Jan 18, 1:45 PM
    KonMari 2018 & 2019 - The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up 15th Jan 18 at 1:45 PM
    Since there seems to be a few new threads being started in case old ones are accidentally lost, shall I do the same for KonMari?

    Here's the links to the old threads with thanks to VfM4meplse and greent

    2017

    2016

    2015


    'The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up' by Marie Kondo is a home organisation/ decluttering book like no other. Instead of looking for things to discard, Marie Kondo says we should instead look for things we wish to keep - using the 'does it spark joy?' method. Ultimately this means that everything in our homes should spark joy for us You might not think that everyday and seemingly mundane items can't spark joy - but you need to think around it a little. So whilst an iron may not spark joy, wearing ironed clothes may. A cheese grater may not spark joy, but your child may really like grated cheese in their wraps - which brings joy.

    Marie Kondo also says that this should be done quickly and properly. This may take six months to achieve, but tidying properly should mean doing it just once. This is against the often-seen decluttering advice of doing 15 minutes a day, or a drawer/ shelf a day.

    MK suggests an order as to what to sort through first and subsequently. This is important - she starts with items which many people do not have an emotional attachment to (clothes) and builds up to sentimental items (photos) so that a person's joy-meter can be developed along the way.

    Many MSE-ers have been following the KM method (kondo-ing) successfully. It fits into the MSE ethos by changing your mindse - you will no longer want to shop mindlessly for something 'just because' or 'it'll do' - you will want to buy only joyful items, thereby often saving ££ on random, impulse purchases.


    From the 2016 thread

    How/ Where Can I Dispose of My Unwanted Items?

    It is vitally important to make sure that you dispose of your unwanted items asap - less chance of any doubts creeping in and items making their way back!


    To make money and/ or save items from landfill, you may find the following ideas useful:

    Money Making:

    www.ebay.co.uk - am sure many will use this already. Be careful of fees - ebay now charge final value fees (FVF) on your postage as well as the amount which the items sells for.

    www.ziffit.com - can sell any unwanted books, CDs, DVDs & games. Download the app onto your smartphone/ tablet for ease of use - scan the barcodes and it will tell you if the item is accepted and what price they will give you. For even more money, go through a cashback site first (such as www.topcashback.co.uk or www.quidco.com) (tip: save your accepted items in your virtual 'cart'. If you have any items which they initially refuse, try re-scanning these several days later - I find about another 20-50% of previously unaccepted items go through on another attempt!)


    www.preloved.co.uk - Quidco are currently offering 60p to new members to Preloved (Jan 2016); plus you get 10p for posting a new advert. It's free to join and post adverts to Preloved, you can post things for sale or free to a good home so might be an alternative to eBay, free cycle, facebook selling pages to offload unwanted, unloved items. All free ads include a photo and private ads are completely free, no listing fees, no selling fees and no catches


    www.gumtree.com - free online classified ad site


    Recycling/ Reusing Items: (often raising funds for charities at the same time )

    Bras
    You can post them to the Breast Cancer charity here http://www.againstbreastcancer.org.uk/get-involved/fundraising/recycling/513/bra-recycling/ or you can go hand them in to a branch of Bravissimo.



    OR : raise funds for Nowzad Dogs - the only official animal charity in Afghanistan: http://www.nowzad.com/help-us/bras-for-nowzad/


    Unwanted pens
    You can post your unwanted pens to people overseas to help schools and orphanages via http://www.pensforkids.co.uk/how_you_can_help.html


    Ink jet Printer Cartridges
    Can be dropped off at Sue Ryder stores or posted off freepost for a charity from wide list or Tesco club card points for you via http://www.therecyclingfactory.com
    /our-partners/


    Books & Music
    British Heart Foundation and Oxfam both do specialist charity shops that sell books and music so you could separate those donations to maximise the money the charities make



    Postcards: can raise money for Great Ormond St children's hospital. http://www.gosh.org/fundraise-us/shopping-and-recycling/recycling-and-environment


    Stamps: GOSH also take all stamps, special and everyday, as do the RNIB http://www.rnib.org.uk/donations-and-fundraising-fundraising-your-community-recycle-us/used-stamps-appeal


    Maternity items/ baby & children's clothing/ nursery furniture/ toiletries/ nappies - a baby bank (like a food bank, but maternity and child related items for families in crisis) Lots springing up around the country. Some independent, some part of a small network. http://www.babybanknetwork.com/how-you-can-help-2/ www.gloucestershirebundles.org http://www.littlebundles.org.uk/cambridge/donations Up to date list can be found on stripey stork's website


    Toiletries/ make-up/ clothing (women's and children's) - women's refuge centres. Google your local area for one - but be prepared you may have to drop off to a 3rd party point - for obvious reasons they do not always want to publicise their location! Or post to : http://www.carolinehirons.com/p/give-and-makeup.html to help women and children in the Southern/ London area

    charity shops
    ziffit
    ebay
    gumtree etc


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    Last edited by Slinky; Yesterday at 9:32 AM. Reason: Add in list from 2016 of places to dispose of unwanted items, thanks for locating them greent
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    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 15th Sep 18, 7:29 PM
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    Oh crikey my OH asked if I knew anybody with an anvil...........I didnt ask what for!
    Originally posted by Igamogam
    Prolly best not to enquire!


    Been very busy lately (gardening, mainly) but have started to sew up a WIP which has been lurking on the back of the sofa for ages. I brought it out thinking having it in plain sight would motivate me to finish it.


    Errr, nope, it motivated me to be irritated a dozen times a day whenever I saw it, but no finishing has taken place until the start of it. I shall do a bit of it every day then donate the finished item.


    It's one of those WIPs, if you know what I mean........
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • greent
    • By greent 15th Sep 18, 10:44 PM
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    greent
    Started re-tidying/ sorting the airing cupboard, getting things out for DS1 to take to uni. Have got a pair of blackout curtain linings (immaculate) for CS, a 'protective'/ backed single sheet for a local children's charity, a heap of things for the fabric recycling (a fitted mattress protector with perished elastic, DS1's old and stretched school jumper, a stained duvet cover and pillow cases and an old and worn thin bath mat), a large old sheet for the decorating bag and a pile of bits for DS1
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    Repaid mtge early (orig 11/25) 01/09 £124616 01/10 £104927 01/11 £89873 01/12 £76317 01/13 £52546 01/14 £35356 01/15 £12133 07/15 £NIL
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    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 16th Sep 18, 3:15 PM
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    Went to admire a friend's baby, and gave them our packnplay, a toddler mattress and a buggy sleeping bag.

    Gave my parents a boxful of items for their local charity shop.

    Have sent my boss an email that I am not coping with the amount of work (I try to do 12 days work in 4), and she wants to sit with me next week.

    Have discussed alternative career options with friends. I'd like to be an interpreter, but need to check local laws, requirements, fees, profits, etc. I am 46, so if I want a new career, I shouldn't leave it much longer.

    Enjoying our two houdini rabbits very much. No matter how secure I close their pen, they manage to escape at least once a week. They don't go far, the neighbours don't mind, and they always return at some point.
    2019's wi-wa-wombles € 91,96 = £ 80.99
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    • PollyWollyDoodle
    • By PollyWollyDoodle 16th Sep 18, 3:20 PM
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    Siebrie, I've changed - or perhaps diverted - careers several times, I'm currently on my last role which will see me up to retirement in a few years. I've never regretted it. It's much easier to carry on with the status quo, no matter how painful it is on a day-to-day basis, but changing can bring many benefits. If you can afford the cost of further studies and qualification/starting again at a lower level, then go for it. It doesn't sound as if your current role is sparking much joy!
    "Inconceivable". "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 16th Sep 18, 3:55 PM
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    I am a Assistant (Legal) to the Executive Vice President of an international firm with around 95,000 employees. I enjoy the admin bit of my job, I like the product and the part I play in making it available to the public, the team are lovely, the work for the Board of Directors is very interesting, my new boss (started 8 months ago) is nice but never gave herself time to figure out how our systems work and what work I do. She is turning me into her personal assistant without conferring with me. I am not interested in PA work; I am a much better librarian/admin than I am travel agent/events manager.
    2019's wi-wa-wombles € 91,96 = £ 80.99
    Wombling to wealth 2018 € 972,97 = £ 879.54
    Still a womble 2017 #25 € 7116,68 = £ 6309.50
    Wombling Free 2016 #2 € 3.483,31 = £ 2,969.05
    • wort
    • By wort 19th Sep 18, 6:23 PM
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    wort
    I've cleaned the garage, broke some laminate up and put in the bin , left a suitcase next to bin and they've took it!
    A bag of hubby's work tools are going to a friend. Car accessories and a roll of insulation to dd. A large toy to nephew.
    There's a couple of other items that will go in skip when my bathroom is being done.
    Logs to my sister for the log burner, and bags of rock salt to local school.
    There's room been made now for the bathroom deliveries.
    Focus on contribution instead of the impressiveness of consumption to see the true beauty in people.
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 19th Sep 18, 8:13 PM
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    I have a renewed interest in both reading and cooking after being poorly for a long while. Several new to me cookery books and novels have been purchased, today 8 books have gone to the CS to try and make some space
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 19th Sep 18, 8:40 PM
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    GreyQueen
    I bought a new mug a week or so ago and donated another. One in, one out is a good way to stop accumulations happening.


    Have just finished a novel given to me by a pal on Sunday, this Sunday it goes to another pal, and thereafter it goes to a charity shop.


    I have also shed 13 CDs, 12 were driver discs for programs on the old pooter and have gone for recycling but the 13th had a copy of my hard drive from 2003 and was cut into small fragments ad binned.


    Plenty more things in process of being used up and worn out.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 19th Sep 18, 8:58 PM
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    Sadly the large piece of equipment is still in the garage I still have some cupboards to sort and clear. The only thing I seem to have kondoed this week is the electric fly swatter - passed to the sailing club as the wasps have been about but are getting a bit dozy and inclined to sting!
    Small victories - sometimes they are all you can hope for but sometimes they are all you need - be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 19th Sep 18, 10:45 PM
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    I'm on a small yet satisfying use-it-up mission: dds have many elastic hairbands, the type you use to make a ponytail. Over the years they were given quite a few cute ones, and we have bought several types before we found a brand and make that we like. My mission: braid my own hair every night and use one band until the elastic is gone. They seem to last about 3 weeks on average, and it declutters their hair accessories box nicely. We are working towards only storing accessories that spark joy and are in decent condition.
    2019's wi-wa-wombles € 91,96 = £ 80.99
    Wombling to wealth 2018 € 972,97 = £ 879.54
    Still a womble 2017 #25 € 7116,68 = £ 6309.50
    Wombling Free 2016 #2 € 3.483,31 = £ 2,969.05
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 21st Sep 18, 12:28 PM
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    3 more books to the CS, I did buy 2 for OH as he has started reading the Bernard Cornwell Uhtred series, when they have been read will be re donated. Makes a total of 11 out and 3 in this week
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)
    • VJsmum
    • By VJsmum 21st Sep 18, 3:25 PM
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    Siebrie, I've changed - or perhaps diverted - careers several times, I'm currently on my last role which will see me up to retirement in a few years. I've never regretted it. It's much easier to carry on with the status quo, no matter how painful it is on a day-to-day basis, but changing can bring many benefits. If you can afford the cost of further studies and qualification/starting again at a lower level, then go for it. It doesn't sound as if your current role is sparking much joy!
    Originally posted by PollyWollyDoodle
    Same - qualified as a quantity surveyor, worked for private practice, contractor and claims specialist; when DD came along i 'diverted' into education and was an academic for 20 years; then, aged 52 started a PhD that i am about to enter the final year of - after that, who knows?

    hello all - i read along but haven't much to contribute atm. DS went back to uni last week, with all his stuff

    That bl00dy filing cabinet is still here
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    • natlie
    • By natlie 21st Sep 18, 3:45 PM
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    The only thing I am finding difficult about MK is the amount of time it takes, we are a family of 5, eldest daughter gets it and has now gone to Uni with stuff she loves and has left very little at home. Middle one has not got it at all her room is stuffed full of junk. we've moved her into a bigger room, which she now refuses to clean - argh!!!!!!!!!!!! Son has been awesome, he's only 7 he has the tidiest bedroom ever! he even puts all his toys away after he has played with them.

    Hubby is not interested, he has clothes on the floor that he feels belong there as they are lounging clothes grrrr

    I find that its a never ending circle of stuff and I do get distracted by rooms or things like the garage, loads of stuff has gone and we've made the house look lovely in places, like the lounge and the kids play room but other rooms are still a mess
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    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 21st Sep 18, 3:51 PM
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    Several of dds' summer dresses in the attic, some to donate, some from big sis for lil sis the year after next, some in rag bag.


    We need to buy dd1 a swimsuit, as school prefers them to wear swimsuits rather than bikinis for the weekly swimming class. Dd2 will only wear bikinis, though, as she still has limited bladder control (she's 7 and we are seeing a doctor about this). Of course, school informs us just as all the shops start their autumn and winter collections, and swimsuits are only slim pickings. It doesn't help that dd1 is tall for her age, and her swimsuit size often comes with premolded cups!! She's 10!
    2019's wi-wa-wombles € 91,96 = £ 80.99
    Wombling to wealth 2018 € 972,97 = £ 879.54
    Still a womble 2017 #25 € 7116,68 = £ 6309.50
    Wombling Free 2016 #2 € 3.483,31 = £ 2,969.05
    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 21st Sep 18, 5:14 PM
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    Hopefully you'll get lucky in the sales Siebrie. 'Proper' swimsuits from sports shops/websites don't have cups. And you may find a tankini would be a good compromise for DD2 as it would look like a swimsuit and make it less obvious that she's different to the rest of the class, but still be easy for going to the toilet.
    • luxor4t
    • By luxor4t 22nd Sep 18, 6:17 PM
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    My favourite leather bag has worn into a little hole in each corner and got very shabby. We worked out that I've been using it steadily for at least 8 years. I am keeping it going until Christmas, so DH will know exactly what to buy me meanwhile, I broke out the leather dye and gave it a good polish afterwards.


    I also sorted out a pair of shoes to use up - I glued the insoles back in, so they will do until I find exactly what I want to replace them.


    Using the Bay of E I have made 11 sales and have bids on a further 2 items. This means a box of rug making supplies is being used by various people and I am really glad to get the space back
    I can cook and sew, make flowers grow.
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 23rd Sep 18, 3:38 PM
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    I'm pleased to report that the WIP was sewn up and, that very minute, added to a donation bag and then was off to the chazzer with some other things.


    Mum just re-found a book which was one of several I gave her last Crimble and which had somehow got lost in her house before being read, she wouldn't have known where it had come from but for the fact that she'd left the gift tag inside the cover.


    She read it in under a week, loved it, finished it yesterday and it's now up on the Bay. I give books with a standing instruction that they're to be disposed of as and when the recipient desires, I don't go checking bookshelves in other people's homes to see if they still have them. Let the books be free and be read elsewhere, say I.



    Went swimming first thing this morning and gave a pal the book that her pal had given me exactly seven days prior, with the instruction that I could donate it when I'd finished with it. Our mutual pal had pipped up that she'd like to read it, and I read it first and got it to her in a week.


    Am now working on the next donation bag. One of the things which I was swithering about which went into the bag which has just left were four of those blue and white chinese rice bowls, those pretty ones which are basically little funnel shapes on a 'foot'. You'll have seen the kind of thing, I'm sure.



    I bought them from the chazzer and liked them but they didn't get used much because I don't entertain with drinkies and little nibbles (no blessed room at home) and thus weren't used and were taking up a bit of cupboard. Since they're generic objects and there are certainly hundreds of thousands of them in the country with the identical pattern on, if I really wanted them again, I could get them back with no particular trouble.


    Hmm, am now thinking about the fabric stash, there are bits and pieces in there which have been there for some time, as in about 10-15 years. Offcuts of cotton fabric which I used to make curtains for the flat of a woman whom I'm no longer in touch with and who has moved at least twice since she lived at the flat the curtains were made to fit.


    And I'm keeping bits of fabric less than 6 inches wide from that project because Justin might need them someday................? Saying it aloud makes it seem truly bonkers, I shall bag them up in a way that they can easily be offered for sale by the chazzer for patchwork, which is what I had loosely intended them for, but I lack the patience for patchwork now cannot see me using them.


    Onwards and upwards, my lovelies, hope everyone is having a good Sunday. GQ xx
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • Igamogam
    • By Igamogam 23rd Sep 18, 3:52 PM
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    Igamogam

    I find that its a never ending circle of stuff and I do get distracted by rooms or things like the garage, loads of stuff has gone and we've made the house look lovely in places, like the lounge and the kids play room but other rooms are still a mess
    Originally posted by natlie
    Sometimes its hard to bring the rest of the family on board....my DD2 'gets it' but still needs to 'commit'. DD1 is a bit of a nomad ATM so her things are just boxed up in her room . OH spent years complaining of all the junk and stuff in the house and I could only agree but had lots obstacles in my way to deal with it as essentially it was my work stuff, the clutter of 2 children with lots of interests and my very strong opinions on waste,recycling and not filling holes in the ground!! Once I got my head round it all and started on the 'great declutter' - and not strictly in a KM way as I found some of her ideas odd to say the least - it became obvious that the clutter was not all my doing and its probably about 50/50!
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    • greent
    • By greent 23rd Sep 18, 4:55 PM
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    My eldest 2 have this week departed to their respective universities, taking with them a heap of stuff. They both also got rid of various items from their rooms before they left (mainly recycling)

    I have sold some books of DD's (stc) and they should be collected tomorrow - only a few £ but better in her pocket than unwanted childhood books cluttering her room (she is an English student and actually finds getting rid of books quite hard!) I also have 3 dressing up (Hallowe'en) costumes I've dug out and will list those on fb00k this week - someone can hopefully grab a bargain (I'm thinking £2/ go) and I'll get a wee bit more space and a few more £ Will also list a couple of bundles of kids clothes at bargain prices too, just so they can hopefully go (I do have a CS bag on the go and will carry on filling it with other things)
    I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul
    Repaid mtge early (orig 11/25) 01/09 £124616 01/10 £104927 01/11 £89873 01/12 £76317 01/13 £52546 01/14 £35356 01/15 £12133 07/15 £NIL
    BTL Mtge 12/16 £69786 12/18 £54829 2019 OPs (#18) £421.46/£5K
    Net sales 2019 £33.81/£500
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 23rd Sep 18, 6:10 PM
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    GreyQueen
    Just been in the fabric stash which is in a storage box, the largest of a set of three bought from L@keland with a gift voucher many years ago. It is 12 x 17 x 9 (tall) and was so full that the lid balanced on the top of the contents rather than sitting neatly on the box.


    I suppose this isn't too heinous a stash but there are a couple of bigger bits of fabric in the airing cupboard.


    I have filled two carrier bags for donation and added two semi-dismantled party dresses bought last year for pence to get the satin, into the box. They were lolling around the bedroom floor in a plastic bag before. They now fit and there is room to spare in the box. Also found some fabric I'd stashed for a project which I need to do in the next few weeks as it is intended for a present for someone late in October. That will reduce the stash by another smidgeon.


    I can see the wally-trolley being needed tomoz.
    Last edited by GreyQueen; 23-09-2018 at 6:16 PM.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

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